In his current position as Director of Public Safety, he manages an annual budget of more than 13.1 million dollars and a staff of 54 firefighters, 77 police officers and 30 civilian personnel. He is a strong proponent of the use of technology and analyzing crime data to proactively deploy our resources in the most effective and efficient manner. He is a strong believer in community-based policing and has dedicated his entire adult life to public service and improving the quality of life for all of the citizens, businesses, and visitors we serve.
Director Fernandez holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in History from Louisiana Tech University and a second Master of Arts in Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University. Additionally, he is a graduate of the Florida Atlantic University, Executive Leadership Program and the University of Louisville, Southern Police Institute Command Officers Development Course.
Upon his appointment, Director Fernandez established education and training as major pillars of the department. The training bureau staff has increased from one to five full-time trainers. He strongly encourages participation in the college tuition reimbursement program and as a result, the number of staff attending college has increased from one to an average of twelve to fifteen at any given time.
Director Fernandez is an active member of the following clubs and organizations: